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Aruba and the Netherlands Forge Agreement for Stronger Financial Future with Supervision Framework

Aruba and the Dutch government have reached a significant agreement on a new financial supervision framework for the island. This hybrid approach combines Kingdom law (Rijkswet in Dutch, abbreviated as RAft) with local Aruban law (Landsverordening, abbreviated as LAft) to establish financial norms and oversight while allowing Aruba greater control over implementation details.

Key benefits of the agreement include:

  • Reduced Interest Rates: Aruba will receive significantly lower interest rates on its existing debt and future loans. Upon finalization of the agreement, the COVID-19 loan interest rate will drop from 6.9% to 5.1%. Finalization of the Kingdom law will unlock a further reduction to 3.4%. This translates to substantial savings for Aruba.

  • Refinancing Opportunities: The 3.4% interest rate will be available to refinance Aruba's remaining foreign debt, providing long-term financial benefits.

  • Financial Oversight with Flexibility: The new laws will establish a framework for supervising Aruba's public finances, ensuring responsible management and debt reduction. However, the hybrid approach allows Aruba to define specific details within the local law, offering a degree of autonomy.

The agreement also addresses crucial aspects of financial management:

  • Supervision for Public Finances: The framework ensures oversight to achieve budget surpluses and pay down debt.

  • Conflict Resolution: A mechanism is established to address any potential conflicts arising from the financial supervision process.

  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): The agreement paves the way for the reintroduction of some PPP projects, potentially attracting valuable investments in infrastructure and development.

  • Exit Strategy: A clear exit clause outlines the process for terminating the agreement when Aruba achieves its financial goals.

The Kingdom law needs to be presented to the Aruban Parliament by May 1, 2025. This agreement represents a positive step forward for Aruba, offering a path towards fiscal stability with favorable loan rates and a framework for responsible financial management.


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